Accused killer returning to Bridgeport
BRIDGEPORT - An Ohio man, accused of fatally shooting a Bethel woman by the city’s boat ramp, is expected to be arraigned here on Monday.
Meanwhile, police said they are investigating Brandon Robert’s own claim that he shot another woman in Washington Park in June 2017.
On Friday, detectives flew to Ohio to pick up the 26-year-old Roberts, who is charged here with murder, felony murder, first-degree robbery, using a firearm in the commission of a felony and carrying a pistol without a permit.
Police said they expected to have him back in the city for arraignment in Superior Court on Monday.
Roberts is accused of shooting 25-year-old Emily Todd in the back of the head near the boat ramp on Seaview Avenue.
Todd a therapist at a Danbury senior center, was found lying face down in the sand along the shore on the morning of Dec. 9.
Police said Todd was fully dressed and appeared to be wearing a long, blond wig. She had been shot in the back of the head and a single spent bullet shell casing was found near her feet.
Police said Todd’s mother later told detectives that her daughter had met Roberts, who was staying with relatives at a Stratford hotel, on an online dating app.
After several dates, police said Todd called off the relationship. But they said Roberts convinced Todd to meet him one more time, luring her to the area of the boat ramp.
After killing her, Roberts took Todd’s car, cell phone and credit cards.
Video surveillance later showed Roberts driving Todd’s car into the drive through at the People’s United Bank in Trumbull where he used Todd’s debit card to withdraw $400 from Todd’s bank account, police said.
Police sources say Roberts confessed to killing Todd and also confessed to shooting a woman at Washington Park in June 2017. The sources said the woman’s injuries were not life threatening. They would provide no other details.
“We’re putting out feelers out there, we’re reaching out to other police departments, asking if they have similar cases, because we could be dealing with a serial killer here at this point,” Police Chief Armando Perez told New 12. “We need to put people like this in jail because we don’t know who we’re dealing with here. It could be, like I said, a serial killer, someone who does this, he has no conscience whatsoever.”